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The Essential List

The Essential List: Tomáš Otradovec

Book-loving executive producer and partner of Toaster Pictures shares insider Prague tips

The Essential List: Tomáš Otradovec

When it comes to culture and style, Toaster Pictures’ Tomáš Otradovec is the epitome of seriously on point taste. Let’s just say you’re unlikely to catch him hunched over a games console – rather he’d be leafing through a book, savouring complex classical music or enjoying one of the exquisite eateries of his home town, Prague. Something else to know about Tomáš – he lists his ‘charming voice’ as his essential analogue work tool and you’d be hard pushed to find a more interesting conversationalist.


o Place of birth: Prague, Czech Republic
o Hometown: Prague
o Vacation: Anywhere by the sea or large amounts of water
o Place of work: My office, my home, on the go
o Place of workout: Yoga mat
o Mode of transport: Walking preferred
o Miscellaneous Travel Essential: Book


o Artist: All of them.
o Musician: Joep Beving, J.S.Bach and various others with initials from A-Z

Joep Beving

o Commercials director: Jonathan Glazer
o Film director: Michael Haneke
o Photographer: Henri Cartier-Bresson 

A Cartier-Bresson image

o Film: Lawrence of Arabia
o Series: Breaking Bad
o Commercial: The Independent “Litany”

o Music Video: Feel the Pain from Dinosaur Jr by Spike Jonze

o Video Game: Did not make a huge impact on me
o Board Game: Solitaire
o Book: Literally hundreds
o Graphic Novel: Not really into it
o Newspaper: Aeon, Big Think, NG, Nature, SA, GEO…
o Magazine: New Yorker, Monocle
o Miscellaneous Art: Subtle Art of not giving a fuck

Food and Drink

o Breakfast: Three-course continental, of course
o Restaurant: Red Pif 
o Cheap bite: The Real Meat Society 
o Working lunch: Čistý stůl 
o Dish: Vitello Tonnato
o Snack: Ramen, Bun Bo Hue

Bun Bo Hue

o Guilty Pleasure: Nocciola gelato
o Tipple: Moscow Mule
o Soft Tipple: Elderberry lemonade
o Miscellaneous food: Pretty much all of it.
o Miscellaneous Beverage: Wine, sparkling water, coffee


o Phone: iPhone
o Computer: Mac Book Pro
o TV: Sony Bravia
o Headphones: None
o Camera: iPhone
o Soundsystem: Onkyo + Sonos
o Pen / pencil: Montblanc


o Where you document an idea: My own neural network (very unreliable)
o Casual wear: White t-shirt, black jeans, white sneakers, grey blazer
o Smart wear: The same but with a punctuated tie pattern
o Footwear: White, black, brown, grey
o Watch: Tag Heuer Monaco
o App: Write Room, Camera+.
o Website: Apart from LBB, not many
o Blog: Daily spillage of fellow laymen does not seem a necessary read
o Work program: Numbers of Keynotes in our Safari
o Digital work tool:  Mail & SMS
o Analogue work tool: Charming voice & wallet
o Morning grooming / makeup essential: Splash of cold water
o Miscellaneous Kit Essential: Lighter
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